• Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Brisbanes Convict Museum.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    The Museum is housed within Queenslands oldest habitable, and most significant heritage building, The Commissariat Store.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Guided tours of the museum are available from our volunteer staff.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Group tours available for school groups and adult social groups. Contact the museum for more details.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    The museum has a number of permanent exhibitions relating to Convict and Colonial Queensland and rotating displays that feature aspects of Queenslands contemporary history.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday.

The Commissariat Store Museum

The Commissariat Store is a niche museum that specialises in showcasing Queensland History. The museum is an initiative of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and staffed by volunteers from the Society.

The most significant exhibit is the building itself. The Commissariat Store is Queenslands oldest habitable, and most significant heritage building. The lower two floors of this magnificent building were convict built during 1828 and 1829. The third floor, now the main entrance from William Street was added in 1913.

Upon entering the museum you’ll be greeted by our friendly guides. The top floor contains the first of our rotating exhibitions that feature various aspects of Queensland’s varied and colorful history. The exhibition cabinets continue on the middle floor and feature rotating exhibitions and more permanent exhibitions that explore the colonial period in Queenslands history. On this floor you’ll find the infamous ‘Convict Finger’.

The ground floor features several handcrafted, detailed models of buildings from the early Colony of Brisbane. These models are arranged in a street layout. On this floor you’ll also find the latest addition to the Museum, the Moreton Bay Panorama and Tom Petrie interactive displays. You may notice the numbered panels on the ground floor. These panels are numbered from a previous archaeological dig and some of the items from this dig are on display on the middle floor.

Staff permitting, all visitors to the museum are offered a complimentary guided tour. Our guides are knowledgeable in the features of the building, colonial history and the exhibitions on display and are happy to answer your questions!

The Commissariat Store Museum welcomes the opportunity to conduct group tours of the museum. We are able to cater for educational groups of all year levels, community groups and adult social groups. Continue scrolling down for more detail on group tours and educational resources.

Find Us

 

Opening Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Admission

Adults – $7
Concession / Tertiary Students – $5
School Pupils – $3
Family (2+2) – $14
Tour Groups (15+) – $5

Audio Tour

Before visiting be sure to download our audio tour via the izi.TRAVEL app onto your compatible iOS, Android or Windows Phone device.

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Current Exhibitions

Group Tours & Teacher Materials

Our volunteer guides conduct tours for all year levels, adult social groups and other educational institutions. Tours can be arranged Tuesday to Friday. Our professionally trained tour guides, all with current blue cards, can immerse your group in Queensland’s convict history in Convict Built Commissariat Store building.

For schools, the Commissariat store is located in the Brisbane CBD within walking distance of other popular locations – Parliament House, the Science Centre, Queensland Museum, South Bank Parklands and the Botanic Gardens. Our team is able to work with you to design a program that maximises your students learning experience in line with your curriculum. 

Themes that can be covered include Compulsory Australian Curriculum (including Moreton Bay Penal settlement and Secondary Offenders), Crime and Punishment, Creating a Nation and Federation, Archaeology, Architecture, Geology, Immigration, Continuity and Change, Significant Individuals, Investigating European exploration and movement of people, Colonial Brisbane and Convict Brisbane.

Please contact our Museum Manager Sanna Nalder to discuss any requirements for your group tour and to arrange a booking. Due to the size of the building, for safety reasons and to ensure the comfort of our guests we are able to accommodate one tour at a time. With this in mind please attempt to plan your visit and book group tours a month in advance to avoid the disappointment of your preferred date and time being unavailable!

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The program for Ties that bind - Lebanese in Queensland seminar has been confirmed.
The exhibition and seminar will be launched by Senator Claire Moore and opened by Anthony Torbey, the Honorary Consul of Lebanon.

Speakers include: Dr Anne Monsour (president of Australian Lebanese Historical Society), Katrin Hurlimann-Graham (Queensland State Archives), Yvonne Matta, Antoine Ghanem, Hana Torbey, Stefan Ackerie and Mona Obeid.

Please contact the RHSQ to register: (07) 3321 4198 or info@queenslandhistory.org.au

Places are limited.

This special day of history will be held at the Commissariat Store, 115 William Street on 22 April, 2017 at 10am with panel discussion finishing at 1pm.

Tickets are $25 for RHSQ and ALHS members, and $30 for guests.
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Marion LovelThis is very interesting for me as in the 50's we would travel from Ipswich by train to spend the day on the beach and visit relatives who used to hire inflatable tubs for use in water. Walking to and from the station made it a very long day. Had many a holiday at their house in Cotton Street in those days. After everyone had left the beach for the day I would look in the bins for soft drink bottles to return to the shop and receive the deposit they had paid. This enabled my pocket money to last longer. Great memories .2 weeks ago   ·  3

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Are you a people person? Or do you like things to be well organised? Or both? We are currently recruiting volunteers for the positions of receptionist (Fridays) and tour guide (Tue, Wed, Fri) at the Commissariat Store Museum. To join our fantastic team of volunteers, please contact Sanna Nalder at 3221 4198 or info@queenslandhistory.org.au for more details. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us tomorrow for our Wednesday Lunchtime talk: “When the small rise up and the big fall down': Queensland Irish and the Fenian Rising” presented by Dr. Anastacia Dukova, on Wednesday 8 March 2017 from 12.30pm at the Commissariat Store (115 William Street).

The talk proposes to examine the local attitudes to the most prominent Irish nationalist rising of the nineteenth century, and its aftermath.

Dr Dukova is a policing historian specialising in the history of municipal policing, with a primary focus on Ireland, colonial Australia and Canada.

Anastasia is currently working on a project Digital Colonial Brisbane funded by a Brisbane History Grant, Brisbane City Council.

The talk is followed by light lunch by donation.
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